Civil Society Action Team
Aug 12th 2010, 11am
The Civil Society Action Team (CSAT) is a civil society-led global initiative that coordinates, brokers and advocates for technical support to civil society organizations implementing or seeking grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Hosted globally by ICASO, with regional hubs in seven regions of the world (West and Central Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, The Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific), CSAT has a five-year mandate (2008 – 2013) to:
- Identify civil society technical support needs related to Global Fund proposals and projects
- Link technical support providers with civil society organizations that need support
- Identify possible funding sources for technical support to civil society organizations.
- Advocate for an expanded range of technical support services with providers
- Facilitate civil society input into Global Fund and related UN system coordinating mechanisms
- Promote the inclusion of marginalized groups in all aspects of Global Fund grants
To deliver on this mandate, CSAT identifies opportunities to access Global Fund grants and information on proposal development and grant management, provides information on technical support and guidance available to civil society organizations and, through its community action activities, mobilizes advocacy and action on deadlines and emerging issues in Global Fund grant processes. These include announcements about funding opportunities or new policies aimed at strengthening civil society input in proposal development and grant oversight.